Bill Emmott

Bill Emmott is co-founder and co-director of the Global Commission for Post-Pandemic Policy, and is a writer and consultant best known for his 13 years as editor in chief of The Economist in 1993-2006, a publication he first joined in 1980 and served in Brussels, Tokyo and London. He is now chairman of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, chairman of the board of Trinity College Dublin’s Long Room Hub for Arts & Humanities, and chairman of the Japan Society of the UK. He lives in Dublin and Oxford.

In 2016 the Japanese government awarded him the “Order of the Rising Sun: Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon” for services to UK-Japan relations. He is an honorary fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford and is an Ushioda Fellow of Tokyo College, a new research institute at the University of Tokyo; in 2017-18 he was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. Bill is the author of 14 books variously on Japan, Asia, the 20th century and Italy, and narrated and co-wrote a documentary film about Italy, “Girlfriend in a Coma” (2013). His most recent books were “The Fate of the West – the battle to save the world’s most successful political idea” (2017); and “Japan’s Far More Female Future”, published by Oxford University Press in September 2020.